Big Daddy IPA | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big Daddy IPA is a hop-head's delight, a generously dry-hopped yet surprisingly drinkable American-style India Pale Ale. Poured into a standard American pint glass, the beer is a golden straw color, with tight carbonation and a slightly off-white head that leaves a lovely lacing. The aroma is floral, fresh grass, pine needles, grapefruit, and a some subtle notes of fresh bread.

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Photo of gravytrain
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a nice golden color with a very nice head that sticks around a while.

Smell is citrusy with a nice grassy note.

Taste is citrusy with a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is dry quenching feel.

Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this beer all day.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium golden color with a white head that recedes to a fine layer. The smell is fruity and citrusy. In the taste, citrus, melon, pith and some earthy pine to round it out. This is a nice balanced IPA that has great West Coast hop flavor but is also remarkably light, clean and easy drinking. Overall, this is an impressive IPA from Speakeasy, outstanding stuff.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 3/4/06 in the hotel room.

12oz. bottle purchased from The Jug Shop.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is all citrusy hops. It has an almost peach/apricot smell.

Taste is a delicious blend of citrusy hops. A light peachy taste is woven in and the bitterness is well balanced.

Body has a creamy texture with solid carbonation.

A nice drinkable IPA from the land of IPAs.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Official Sam Adams Glass

A - A crystal clear golden/yellow color with very high carbonation. It produced a dense and fluffy white head with outstanding retention, and it even made a little volcano in the middle of my glass! It left splotches here & there on my glass with a very nice ring that held atop my beer throughout consumption.

S - Floral, pine, sap, hop resins, very dry. Orange Peel with a bit of grapefruit underneath the floral and dry bouquet. Soft toast and crackery malts in there as well, and it definitely is more pronounced when warmed.

T - Wow some really nice cracker, biscuit and toasty malts are noticeable right upfront! Floral, dry, pine like hop flavors immediately follow, along with a bit of alcohol presence. It finishes with crackery/biscuit malts and a dry lingering bitterness that's not to strong for an IPA. Not sweet at all.

M - Lite in body with just a bit of a soft feel and lite-moderately crisp.

D - I loved this IPA's cracker/biscuit malts in the flavor, a very nice touch to an IPA. Although it's got a relatively thin body I couldn't reach for more than a couple pints of it, maybe just me. Very very good I'd definitely buy this one again, highly recommended to IPA fans. Cheers!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with cool screened graphics (a la Stone and Rogue). Tidbits of information on the back talking about Speakeasy's of the Prohibtion era and the hoppy character of this beer.

Appearance: Bright sunshine-yellow in appearance (read: not your typical IPA), with a massively thick white head that plastered the glass.

Smell: Like walking through a pine forest. Very prominent pine scents, with some citrusy scents floating in the background. Wonderful. This tells me that the flavor will be a hop-laden treat as well. Yippee!

Taste: Sure enough, my hop fetish is satisfied. Definite (though not over-the-top) hop flavor snags your taste buds and won't let go. Malt? We don't need no stinkin' malt! Begone! It's all hops, baby! Citrusy, piney....beautiful. Very nice, semi-honey-sweet and quite bitter finish is very, very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Pretty darn smooth. Crisp, with a lingering bitterness on the palate. Medium-bodied and rather low on the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one easy-drinking beer! A lovely oily hop resin stays on my lips and the hoppy burps are a delight in and of themselves. Makes the $11.25/6-pack price more bearable.

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Photo of MLegendre
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me into IPA's and still one of my favorites. Unfortunatly the store where I live that used to carry it no longer does so it's a rare occasion that I get to enjoy this or any or the many fine brews from Speakeasy.

A: Very light yellow with a very thin white head but lots of sticky lacing that sticks to the glass all the way down. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top.

S: Very strong smell of piney hops. A little citrusy like lemon

T: A very bitter IPA. There is a noticable malt sweetness, but it stays in the background, the hops is the main focus. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste. Hopheads will love this.

M: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, goes down very smooth with a dry finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.

D: A very strong solid IPA. If you love hops you will love this beer. Some people didn't like the lack of malt, but it's one of my favorite things about this beer. Keeps strong with hops, but not so strong that it's overbearing like a Double IPA.

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Photo of Jordan
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While an excellent beer by itself, Speakeasy fails to capture the essense of a quality A-IPA. It has some of the basic characteristics, mild malts, heavy hops, however, the distinct flavors lean toward the milder malts (ala Slo Brewery Extra Pale Ale) and less robust hop cones. This is good beer, only out of character.

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Photo of TomChiari777
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber pour. Nice aroma, citrus and floral with spice notes. Lace was fine. Malt back bone gave way to smooth bitter finish. Slight after taste couldn't get. Overall excellent.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange coloration with a small bit of froth on top. Retention was solid, however and there was some decent lacing. Lighter than the norm but not bad looking.

S - Citrus notes drowned out by a pine hop aroma, smells cold, if that even makes sense...

T - Sharp, addicting bitterness from the hops. Slight bit of malt backbone, but it is fairly unbalanced, not that I'm really complaining. I wanted a hop fix, and this certainly delivered.

M - Medium bodied and creamy, with a sharp, dry finish. Good carbonation and a slightly oily aftermath. Impressive.

D - I'd say the drinkability factor is pretty high, I could certainly burn through a few of these without getting bored. Nice solid example of an IPA. Recommended, but only to those not looking for a complex or balanced brew : )

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Photo of dippy
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was a little lighter in color than I would have expected, a touch more blonde than amber. A good thick foamy head.

The scent is very flowery and gets my tastebuds watering.

Great hoppy bite, as citrusy as it is floral. This has a great hoppy kick that didn't diminish as I finished a six pack. A slight malty sweetness can be tasted in the background but remains a relative unknown in comparison to the bitterness.

I want to drink this beer every night. I was suprised by it and will not hesitate to buy it again. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of mjryan
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a dense two finger head. Great retention with decent lace. Aroma is of citrus hops, slight pine and a little yeasty bread in the back ground. Flavour hits you with citrus hops first then slides into a slight honey like sweet malt character which is erased by the firm, but not overpowering hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a great smooth mouthfeel. Highly drinkable and highly recommended!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rough pour is required to coax a good head on all of the Speakeasy beers (probably because they go for a more moderate level of carbonation that holds back some of the flavors and helps to round out the overall character & mouthfeel), but once you get the head - it holds very well and leaves some very nice lace. Very nice deep golden color, topped by a foamy bright white head. The aroma is a good balance of citrusy Pacific Northwest hops and gently sweet malt. The body is light-medium with a moderate carbonation (guessing at @ 2.4 volumes) that gives a slightly creamy character in the mouth. The flavor is bold, with citrusy hop and malt right up front, mellowing as it crosses the palate but not revealing much more than a clearer hop flavor and some slightly sweeter malt notes. The finish simply glides away with a lingering combination of both the malt & hop. Throughout the glass some variety is expressed in the hop flavors, alternating between citrusy and grassy, although the malt base remains the same. So, although this is a very one-sided I.P.A., it's extremely clean and well-balanced to showcase the hop flavors present. It's very drinkable, and enjoyable, but without the fuller character of their other beers. Still, very nice.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at PJ MacGrady's.

The aroma could have been richer and the hops profile could have been more complex, but I still think this is an underrated IPA. There was a fruity aroma reminiscent of Avery's hoppy beers. The flavor had a nice 1-2 punch of fruity, very slightly earthy hops, followed by more coarse, bitter citrus hops that really hung on your palate. I enjoyed drinking it and wouldn't mind having it again at all. Gets my stamp of approval if that's worth anything.

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Photo of BaronRogue
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found it refrigerated, so had to scoop it up to try.

Poured from bomber into chalice. Bottle has all sorts of speakeasy sayings and stuff on the bottle, i thought it was a little cheesy but wanted to try it. Clear gold with a decent head that sticks around, and some decent lacing as well.

Smells really good, fresh, hoppy magic.

Tastes even better! Cant even really describe it... oily pine resin, hops and more hops, but surprisingly not that bitter.

Fresh and smooth in the mouth, quite nice. The taste lingers on for awhile.

Drinkability? Let's just say i'm gonna be sad when i finish this glass.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an undated bottle. Pours orange with a finger of white fluffy head. Strong citrusy hop smell. Light feel with lots of carbonation. Crisp citrus and hop flavor. Good West Coast IPA. Finally getting around to reviewing Speakeasy's beers. They're local and easy to find, so I pick this one up from time to time.

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Photo of maek228
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the design of the bottle with the "shady" eyes at the top of the neck

Appearance: A bright golden yellow with a 3/4 finger head. As I drank it, the foam clung to the glass like spiderwebs....which is the mark of a good hoppy IPA. Love the clingage on this one.

Smell: A powerful floral hop aroma is the dominant smell

Taste: Hops, hops, and then some more hops. If you want to know what an Americanized IPA tastes like, this is the one you should try. Flowery hops with a hint of a marijuana flavor and hop oil are the dominant flavors....there are some creamy malts in there but the hops are the key to this one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied, with smooth and crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: For a relatively strong IPA, this one goes down way easy.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass hybrid from a 12pz can

A - a semi translucent copper bright orange color, one finger off white head and some sugar lacing/legs

S - sugar up front, very nice pine and pineapple, lots of fruity citrus with some rind mixed in there, toasted and sweet grains/malts, biscuit and cracker yeast (the yeast funk is real nice), lots of green and slightly brown earth, very dank and all kinds of sexy funk

T - very hoppy, pine, pineapple, some mango, sweet island flowers, lots of citrus and some rind, the hops is almost effervescent, bright everything, slightly toasted and sweet malts/grains, crisp, very clean and velvety smooth, yeast is like a baking style and really big but in the right way.

M - full bodied, nice balance, great complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a hop bomb with a very nice malt backbone finish

D/O - this is a hop bomb! Has a nice sweet malt back on but the hops is punishing (in the best kind of way), so if you aren't a hop head this one is a pass for sure and for anyone that loves hops, this one is a must. With all the hops and underneath flavors rolling around on the tongue, this beast is still refreshing as heck.

Final thoughts - at a nice 8.5% abv and around $11-13 a six-pack, this one is worth a go and may become a stable in your fridge rotation.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for an IPA, of any kind, and this did not disappoint. Pours a light orangey ice tea-like color. It is somewhat cloudy and a little fizzy. The head poured is bubbly and white in color, about one inch thick.

The aroma is very hoppy and distinquishable. It has an orange like smell. The taste is very good with an abundant grapefruit like flavor. The bitterness is not overwhelming, but, very satisfying for an IPA. This is a good one, one that I will go back to.

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Photo of dwilson01
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass.
The look is golden with a bit of cloudiness, reminds me of a lighter colored clover honey. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising through the brew contribute to a thin head at all times which is initially about a finger, notable lacing.

Smell is mostly aromatic floral hops, super fresh it smells like I got it on tap. Slight bitterness as well, pine notes and some sweet caramel/honey too so I'm expecting a solid body on it.

The taste is full of flavor but the ones I detect are very smooth and mellow, it's not an "in your face" type of ipa. The bittering hops employed are notable and definitely impart their touch with some pine but that flavor is blended with fresh garden herbs of the green variety. In the end the carbonation lightens it with a hint of aromatic herbal spicing.

The mouthfeel was just a tad thin for my liking, that is seriously knitpicky as hell, it works well for this brew. The hops and malt balance well in the mouth.

Very drinkable, it's a spring ipa for sure I would love to find this beer on tap somewhere although I doubt that would happen except for at a bar in s.f. Freshness and floral aromatics are the winners in here, if you want a refreshing ipa thats not going to take your palate for a ride then this is the brew for you!

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Photo of Amalak
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It's dull yellow brown with a good foamy head and lace. It's very pungent bitter scent with a vegetable hint.

Good blueberryish bitter taste. It has something of a celery aftertaste. Crisp and flavorful, excellent IPA.

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Photo of oggg
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured during a Speakeasy brewery tour. Beermail me for details =)

After trying the Prohibition and the Untouchable, we had the Big Daddy. Very much like the bottle version. Very good aroma, although I was hoping for something even fresher and stronger coming from the brewery. I believe the guide said this was Cascade and Centennial. Hop bitterness is strong but very mellow, if that makes sense -- it's more bitter than the other 2 offerings, but the bitterness is least harsh here. In fact among my non-BA friends taking the tour, everyone felt that they could take the bitterness better with this beer.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden pour with a strange lack of bubbles, considering the massive suds on top of the beer. They are big soapy looking suds too, absolutely clinging to the glass as it retreats. Aroma is pure hops, I know the bitterness is going to peel the taste buds off my tongue before I even take a drink.

Strangely, it is a lot gentler than expected. Obviously the bitter is here, but it's a nice blend of pine and citrus, with neither being very forward. One of the most balanced hop mixes I have yet encountered. This is really good! Feels nice and dry too. I think I am going to have to get some more...

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Photo of Dbrown144
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark copper or amber with an average foam head.

S: smells great. Smells like piney hops with a little citrus and barley.

T: has a strong, but far from overpowering hoppy flavor, definite hints of citrus, and a decent malt backbone.

M: goes down very nicely and has exceptional consistency to it. As the bottle says, it does have a strong hoppy flavor with a clean dry finish.

O: one of my very favorite beers.

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orangish with a creamy head that is well-retained and leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

The smell is citrusy - orange and lemon. A fresh hop aroma.

The taste is of bitter citrus fruits. Orange peel, lemon rind, grapefruit. This is a plethora of citrus hops. There is just a vague hint of maltiness. The chewy hops dominate. It could use a bit more malt backbone, but the hops supported by more hops in this case works well. It has a clean, fairly dry, finish.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. This is probably because of the lack of a solid malt backbone. It approaches thinness, but then stays solid. The bitterness lingers - though not quite as long as I would have expected.

This is an incredibly addictive beer. I easily helped myself to a second, and even a third. Had it not been for any scrape of will-power, I would have wanted more...It has a very nice blend of hops. The alcohol is barely noticeable. This goes in the rare category of the "I like it more than the scores show" beers. A bit malt complexity and this would be a phenomenon. (On the other hand, "if it ain't broke...don't fix it".) Bottom line - I highly recommend - esp. to the hop-heads out there, and will be getting more of this!

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a neutral copper with a significant chill haze. Nice chaulky white (small) head with great lace.

Very nice fresh smelling hop in the nose. Some grapefruit and pine. Low malt.

Classic IPA (American style) flavors. Not overpowering in the hop, so there is excellent balance. Potent hop bite in the swallow that lasts for 30 seconds in the aftertaste. (See above for the hop flavors). The body is spot on, while the carbonation may be on the high side.

This is a beautifully crafted beer--easy to drink and balanced.

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,381 ratings.
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